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Members of the 3rd District posing with Missouri Senator Roy Blunt
Brothers and Sisters of the IAFF 2nd District,
This past week has seen several events unfold at a national and local level that could potentially impact our lives . Between the announcement that Hillary Clinton will not face criminal charges, the very recent police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, and the unspeakable tragedy that unfolded in Dallas resulting in the loss of at least five of our brother law enforcement officers…. and just yesterday the police officer being ambushed and shot in St. Louis County who remains in critical condition. The national news and in particular social media have exploded with people from all walks of life expressing very strong opinions on these situations.
I ask that you keep the fallen, their families, and their co-worker in your thoughts and prayers, and I encourage you to see that these events represent a very real reason for us as first responders to remind ourselves that we are the government, and to people who feel oppressed and disenfranchised by the government, we represent the forces they believe are treating them unfairly. Across the country, Fire and EMS workers have increasingly become victims of violence, and events such as those that occurred this week only heighten the potential for that to occur.
Many of our members have been expressing concerns and opinions on social media and in the firehouses/ambulance bases amongst our sisters and brothers. We all have a right to do that. It’s called freedom of speech – and it’s a right that every single one of us takes seriously. As we move forward, to make sure we all stay strong for each other and continue to display our professionalism, we want you to keep some things in mind.
Remember that the IAFF is a family. Everyone we work with and everyone in our respective communities – the people who pay our salaries and who we put our lives on the line to protect – are also a part of our extended family.
This broader family is made up of people of many races, colors, creeds, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, income levels and religions.
And just as important as our right to free speech, every single one of us has the right to a safe and respectful workplace, and to be treated with respect.
We also have a responsibility to be respectful to others at all times. It is crucial that, as leaders and as trusted protectors of our community, we make our display of respect universal. Nothing less is acceptable.
Every single one of us has a role in this.
Before you speak; before you talk to others in the community or to someone on the side during a call; before you post a comment or share a link on Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram; think about the message you are sending (intentional or not). Because the photos, the cartoons and news articles with the political opinions, the info graphics you send around, are a reflection on not only you but on all of those with whom you serve.
And as we all know too well, those who work against us, those who don’t like what we stand for, it takes just one mistake, one slip up, for them to grab hold and make a big deal out of something, no matter how small, unfair or out of context it may be. Yes, we are held at a higher standard.
It’s a tough spot to be in, but it’s what every single one of us chose willingly when we signed up for this job.
Because of the work all of you do every day, we have a very high standing within our communities. Overwhelmingly, the public holds us in high regard.
To continue to be effective, to continue to hold the trust, to continue to be able to work to improve our lives and safety on the job, we need to maintain that standing.
At the end of the day, we all share one thing in common – to ensure the safety of the public (and each other) we so proudly serve while doing the job we love. That’s what unites us. That’s what makes us strong. We all work side-by-side, everyday in life and death situations. And we all have a role in keeping our union and our ranks strong. Please stay alert, familiar with your surroundings and lets continue to have each other’s back.
IAFF 2nd District Vice President
The delegates who attended the annual Southern Federation of Professional Fire Fighters Conference which was held May 19-22, 2016 in Atlanta, GA unanimously endorsed this Collective Bargaining Resolution that was submitted by the Greater Kansas City Fire Fighters Local 42.
If your Local would like to be submitted as a Co-Sponsor of this Resolution please contact Tim Dupin via E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your Local or Association Number and President with the authority to authorize sponsorship. The deadline to be included as a sponsor shall be June 15, 2016.
If you have any questions or need further information please contact Tim Dupin at 816.516.4964.
The Missouri Times, December 29, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters (MSCFF), the largest fire fighter union in the state, elected Sherwood Smith as their newest president Dec. 14.
“It’s humbling, I appreciate it and I feel good about them having confidence in me,” Smith said.
Smith has a long history as a fire fighter and as a leader in the firefighting community. He has served in the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department for over 35 years and for 25 of those, he has been a captain. He has also earned the Medal of Bravery, the department’s second highest honor, twice, and he has been active in politics at both the local in Kansas City and working on campaigns for Noel Torpey, Sam Graves, Gov. Jay Nixon and Sen. Claire McCaskill.
After losing an election for a seat in the Kansas City legislature in 2014, Smith will have a chance to influence policy and guide the over 6,000 volunteer members of his union at the state level.
“We advocate for all first responders which includes prosecutors, EMS, nurses, fire fighters, so some of the things we’re looking for is things that affect public safety,” Smith said, making direct mention of Rep. Jeanie Lauer’s 911 legislation.
“[It] makes sure that anyone with a mobile phone can dial 911, that’s probably one of our top priorities,” he said.
Smith added that the upcoming session and the session to come in years ahead would offer a lot of opportunities for the union and that he was proud to be placed at the helm.
“It’s going to be a big task,” Smith said. “We have a great team in place, and the previous president did a great job. But there are challenges still in front of us and I appreciate them having the confidence in me to think we can move to the next level.”
The Delegates at the 50th IAFF Convention passed Resolution #23 "Our Good Name" which applies to the use of the IAFF Logo.
This resolution condemns the act of ordering or applying this union’s good name in the form of the IAFF Logo, the letters IAFF or the words “International Association of Fire Fighters” to any piece of apparel or merchandise that is not UNION made, or is made outside of the United States of America or Canada.
Union Shop Apparel is one of the only organizations within North America that fully complies with Resolution #23. All of the employees at Union Shop Apparel are members of IUPAT Local 820. We invite you to visit their website and checkout their new Online Store. They specialize in Custom Embroidery and Silk Screening.
What's New at MSCFF
The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters is proud to introduce our newest communication tool; the UnionActive™ Mobile Application for Android, iOS Smartphones and Tablets.
This new technology works in concert with our website. All this is required to use the Mobile App is to be a registered user with the MSCFF website. We will soon provide all registered members a link to download the Mobile App via Google Play or iTunes Store thru our website Email system.
If you are not currently a registered member we would like to encourage you to visit our website and register. Once you have been approved you will have complete access to the latest information regarding Fire Fighter Issues within Missouri right in the palm of your hand. Please allow 24 to 48 hours to be approved once you have registered.
Once you download the Mobile App, you will log into the application with the same User Name and Password that you established to access the MSCFF website. From that point forward each time you launch the Mobile App you are already logged in and can access the Members Only Section of the website via the Mobile App.